Michigan baseball The team will need to stay on top if it wants to succeed in the Big Ten tournament or beyond.
The bracket for the double-elimination conference tournament was published on Sunday, and The Wolverines (28–25, 12–12 Big Ten) are fifth in the standings..
UM will play No. 4 seed Illinois (31-20, 17-17) in the first round at 9:00 pm Wednesday at Charles Schwab Field, where the College World Series will take place as usual next month in Omaha, Nebraska. The two teams did not play each other in the regular season.
The winner of this game will play the No. 1 seed in Maryland and the No. 8 seed in Indiana. Loser Michigan-Illinois will play loser Maryland-Indiana on Thursday.
The tournament will end on May 29, and the winner will automatically receive an entry into the NCAA Tournament.
Michigan had won their previous three games before losing 18–12 at home to Rutgers on Saturday to end the regular season. The Wolverines have racked up at least nine runs in each of their last five games and are third in conference runs (419). But the team has an ERA of 7.03, second in the Big Ten.
Michigan State finished 12th in the conference and did not participate in the Big Ten Tournament, which features the top eight teams in the conference.
The Wolverines leave two consecutive NCAA tournaments; in 2019 they finished one win short of winning the College World Series, and in 2021 they lost their first two games (including once to Central Michigan) to finish last in their region. (The tournament was not held in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.)
This article originally appeared in the Detroit Free Press: Michigan baseball entered the Big Ten Tournament as the 5th seed